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Jon King

Jon King

Jon King has been a journalist for more than 35 years. He is the Past President of the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Association and has been recognized for excellence numerous times, most recently in 2021 with the Best Investigative Story by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Cleary University. Jon and his family live in Howell, where he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Livingston Diversity Council.

Updated: Wolverine Watchmen defendants sentenced to prison over plot to kidnap and murder Whitmer

By: - December 15, 2022

Updated, 1:48 p.m., 12/15/22 with comments from Attorney General Dana Nessel Three men convicted for supporting a plot to kidnap and assassinate Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have been sentenced to prison. Pete Musico, 44; his son in-law, Joe Morrison, 28; and Paul Bellar, 24, were sentenced on Thursday by a Jackson County judge after a jury […]

New poll: Legislature should focus on reducing cost of living and fully funding education

By: - December 15, 2022

Although a long list of priorities await lawmakers in Lansing, a new poll indicates residents want the focus to be on the economy and education. The poll, conducted by EPIC-MRA on behalf of the national progressive policy group State Innovation Exchange (SiX), solicited opinions on a variety of issues that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the […]

Whitmer signs bipartisan affordable housing legislation

By: - December 14, 2022

A bipartisan package of bills to provide more affordable housing across Michigan was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Sponsors say the bills will create more affordable housing options, particularly in cities, which in turn will help alleviate the shortage of affordable housing for Michigan families. “Investments in affordable housing lower costs for […]

State officials warn they ‘will not permit disruptive behavior’ from challengers at recounts

By: - December 14, 2022

The GOP group responsible for an ongoing recount at hundreds of precincts across the state is being accused of disrupting the process, prompting a warning from state election officials. On Friday, Michigan Elections Director Jonathan Brater sent a letter to Daniel Hartman, an attorney who represents both Jerome Jay Allen, the Bloomfield Township man who […]

Levin, Moolenaar and Slotkin lead effort to stop deportations of Iraqi nationals

By: - December 12, 2022

A bipartisan group of Michigan members of Congress have signed on to letters seeking to halt the forced repatriation of Iraqi nationals. On Monday, U.S Reps. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.), John Moolenaar (R-Midland) and Elissa Slotkin (D-Lansing) led seven colleagues in signing a letter urging U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to provide […]

Michigan Supreme Court puts final nail in legal coffin for DePerno’s Antrim County lawsuit

By: - December 9, 2022

A final attempt to relitigate a failed Antrim County election lawsuit has been rejected by the Michigan Supreme Court. In an order issued Friday, the state’s highest court upheld lower court rulings that dismissed the lawsuit filed by former Republican attorney general candidate Matthew DePerno just days after the 2020 election in which President Joe […]

University of Michigan Health to purchase Sparrow Health System

By: - December 9, 2022

Following an approval Thursday by the University of Michigan Board of Regents, Lansing-based Sparrow Health System will be bought by University of Michigan Health. While a purchase price was not disclosed, the addition of the Sparrow Health System would make U-M Health a $7 billion organization, with 200 care sites across Michigan. Of those sites, […]

Legislative session ends without supplemental budget deal 

By: - December 8, 2022

A supplemental budget deal failed to materialize late Wednesday as Michigan’s 101st Legislature came to a close, ending a dozen years of total Republican rule. Incoming House Minority Leader, Rep. Matt Hall (R-Comstock Township), said the deal between Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP leaders fell apart in the session’s final hours. “This would have […]

As antisemitism rises in U.S., Michigan leaders fight hatred at home

By: - December 7, 2022

As questions remain concerning the police response last week to an incident at an Oakland County synagogue, public officials have universally condemned the antisemitic threats prosecutors say were made toward Jewish parents and their children. Hassan Yehia Chokr, 35, of Dearborn, was arraigned Sunday on two counts of ethnic intimidation after allegedly threatening families and […]

Despite concerns of ‘fishing expedition,’ state canvassers approve limited recount on Props 2 and 3

By: - December 6, 2022

A week after certifying the Nov. 8 election results, the Michigan Board of State Canvassers voted unanimously Monday to allow requested recounts of two ballot proposals to move ahead. The 3-0 vote followed almost three hours of discussion and public comment concerning the petitions filed last week by Jerome Jay Allen of Bloomfield Township targeting […]

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Report details how drag events have been targeted with threats and harassment 

By: - December 2, 2022

Updated, 4:04 p.m. 12/2/22 With a month still to go in 2022, a recent analysis found there were more than a hundred incidents nationwide targeting drag performances. GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ+ media advocacy organization, released what it is calling “the first comprehensive count and analysis” of increased threats, protests and violent action against specific […]

Updated: GOP group celebrates recount of hundreds of Michigan precincts over Proposals 2 and 3

By: - December 1, 2022

Updated, 8:43 a.m. with more details from the Secretary of State’s office The votes in more than 600 precincts across Michigan will be recounted after an Oakland County man filed paperwork Wednesday alleging “fraud or error” in balloting for voting and abortion rights proposals that were approved by voters on Nov. 8. The petitions, signed […]